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Samuel Gaskin - Single Review: Rain

05 May 2022 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

Samuel Gaskin is a New Zealand born, Melbourne dwelling artist; he has just released his latest single Rain. Sam is an inspiring and innovative artist that stands up for the BIPOC LGBTQIA+ community; addressing his Indigenous heritage and ancestry in each art piece he produces. Along with a gift in performing arts and acting, Sam is an avid creative with a fire for modern exposure of his people, his posse and his practice. He makes captivating and melodic music, with powerful vocals and speaks to both modern and traditional audiences, bringing important artistic styles to the forefront of popular music. 

As Rolling Stone said themselves about his song Reckoning; “[it] is one that delights every one of the senses for those lucky enough to witness it.” This is true of Rain. It’s a sensory experience and deserves all the credit it will receive. 

Rain starts off with strong rhythmic drumming, referencing the elements of water and fire. The track is followed by robust and captivating vocals. It has a very powerful vocal exchange between artists, featuring The Merindas. This track is definitive, culturally spiritual and has uplifting lyricism. You hear both Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander and Maori voices, singing in harmony, and creating waves of enchantment.

Electronic meets home-grown, intertwined with pop and a heavy bassline that really sticks! It’s a fast moving, bold tune that encapsulates the bravery of the Indigenous community and its safeguards. Featuring natural elements, his song bounces with energy and ingenuity. The vibe is happy, and celebratory of the natural world. I thoroughly enjoy the aural travel through heritage, and the representation through visual and performing arts. 

Rain is produced by Aria Award winning collaborator and friend Pip Norman; a true fusion of sound, linguistics and wisdom.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Samuel Gaskin

Fittingly described as a creative tour de force by Rolling Stone, Creator & Change Agent, Samuel Gaskin has always been one to stand out in a crowd. Not only is he an accomplished Artist and Actor, he also runs his own company Beat Entertainment, a BIPOC LGBTQI+ led and focused entertainment company renowned for truly original bespoke concepts of deep heart.

Rolling Stone also said Reckoning, his 2021 single release, “is one that delights every one of the senses for those lucky enough to witness it”.
It was added to Apple Music's New Music Daily and New In Electronic playlists where it stayed for an epic eleven weeks.

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